Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Ayman Nour May Be Released

UPDATE: Check out the new blog covering the Mid East: Outsider On The Inside




The first person to seriously challenge Hosni Mubarak for his presidency in an open election may be freed from Egyptian prison, due to his deteriorating medical condition:
CAIRO, May 22--Egyptian opposition leader Ayman Nour could be released Tuesday on medical grounds after a year in jail, Egyptian press said.

The Al-Ahram daily said on its front page that an administrative tribunal is set to examine his request for release due to his deteriorating health and "a positive decision over his release is expected".

The opposition leader who heads the Al-Ghad party was sentenced in December 2005 to five years in prison on fraud charges, widely seen as politically motivated.

Nour came a distant second in the country's first ever multi-candidate presidential elections in September 2005, which the opposition dismissed as widely rigged.

According to rights groups, Nour who suffers from diabetes and a heart complication has seen his health deteriorating rapidly in jail.

The former lawmaker became famous around the world following his January 2005 imprisonment by the Mubarak government.

The incarceration was seen around the world as politically motivated, causing a lot of internal anger and foreign pressure for his release.
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